Military confirms terrorists’ attack on Yobe gov’s convoy

* Death of one police escort

Nigerian military, on Monday, confirmed that troops foiled terrorists’ attack on the convoy Yobe State governor, Mai Buni, while returning to Damaturu from Maiduguri, about six kilometers from Benesheikh town on Saturday.

Governor Buni was not in the convoy when it was ambushed by the terrorists.

However, Secretary to the State Government and some other top government officials who were in the convoy, escaped unhurt while a policeman who was hit by bullets later died.

Giving more insights into the incident on Monday, the Director, Defence Media Operations, Maj.-Gen. Edward Buba, Defence Headquarters, said troops of 29 Task Force Brigade foiled the attack by the terrorists

Buba added that that the troops also recovered the two vehicles affected in the incident.

He said one military truck driver, four police escorts and one DSS operative wounded in the attack were in stable condition.

According to him, one of the injured police escorts died shortly on arrival at the Specialists Hospital in Damaturu.

“Reinforcement of troops from 29 Task Force Brigade led by the Brigade Commander are conducting fighting patrol in the area to locate the terrorists who carried out the dastardly act.

“The two vehicles affected in the incident include one military MRAP and one civilian escort vehicle whose tyres were shot at during the incident, have been safely recovered to the military camp at Benisheikh.

“Operations are ongoing to hunt and destroy the terrorists that perpetrated the attack,” he said.

– NAN

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